INDIA’S FIRST MISSILE TRACKING SHIP:
VC11184 is the designation of a missile tracking ocean surveillance ship being constructed by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) for Indian Navy.
Considered a “topmost secret project”, a lot of confidentiality is being maintained in executing the project costing about Rs 750 crore.
It will be named after its induction into the Indian Navy. For now, it is simply referred as VC 11184.
This ship is being built for National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), the technical intelligence agency working directly under supervision of Prime Minister’s Office and National Security Adviser.
The ship was built inside covered dry dock. Its keel was laid in June 2014
VC 11184 has displacement of more than 10,000 tonnes, length of 175m, beam of 22m, depth of 6m and can attain maximum speed of 21 knots. It is powered by two imported 9000kW combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration engines and three 1200 ekW auxiliary generators..
The ship was built inside the covered dry dock. It has the capacity to carry 300-strong crew with hi-tech gadgets and communication equipment, powered by two diesel engines, and a large deck capable of helicopter landing.
This will be the first of its kind ocean surveillance ship being built as part of the efforts to strengthen the country’s strategic weapons programme.
NATIONAL TECHNICAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION:
The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) is an Indian technical intelligence agency. Since its inception in 2004, the agency has often been the subject of national controversy.
The NTRO acts as the primary advisor on security issues to the Prime Minister and the Union Council of Ministers of India. It also provides technical intelligence to other Indian agencies.
NTRO’s activities include satellite and terrestrial monitoring.
It cannot, however, legally monitor Internet or other communications; there are nine other agencies authorized to do so. NTRO is also charged with developing technology relevant to Indian national security and intelligence.
These technologies include cryptology, cybersecurity and data management.